[Movies] Crew Members Say That Captain Phillips Is Full Of Lies (POSSIBLE SPOILERS)
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.15.2013
Phillips wasn't as selfless as he's portrayed...
The New York Post reports that several crew members who were under the command of the man who inspired Captain Phillips said he was no hero and the film is taking liberties with the actual story.
The film, directed by Paul Greengrass, follows Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks), who is in command of a cargo ship until it is attacked by Somali pirates. He saves his crew by giving himself up as a hostage.
One of the anonymous crewmembers of the Maersk Alabama said: "Phillips wasn't the big leader like he is in the movie. No one wants to sail with him."
Several crewmembers say that Phillips ignored multiple warnings of pirates and anti-piracy measures left for him when he took command in 2009. He also forced the crew to have an unnecessary fire drill as the pirates approached (not a security drill like in the movie).
The crewmember added: "We said, ‘You want us to knock it off and go to our pirate stations?' And he goes, ‘Oh, no, no, no — you've got to do the lifeboats drill.' This is how screwed up he is. These are drills we need to do once a year. Two boats with pirates and he doesn't give a s- -t. That's the kind of guy he is."
The crew also say that Phillips was not a hero that wanted to sacrifice himself, like in the movie. In real life, the pirates just took him, no offer necessary.
Eleven crewmembers are now suing Maersk Line and the Waterman Steamship Corporation for almost $50 million, claiming a "willful, wanton and conscious disregard for their safety."
The real Phillips recently appeared with Hanks on the cover of Parade Magazine with the headline "The Making of an American Hero."